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Old 05-28-2021, 11:26 PM
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The instructions were very good in showing how to wire the system and which harnesses went to each subsystem. Take your time and you'll both be fine.

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Have been spending time lately tending to odds and ends. I had to buy a different console top because the previous owner of my car butchered the existing one to install a Hurst V-Matic shifter. The donor top which I bought from Facebook marketplace is ok for now, but very far from perfect. The seller didn't do as good of a job of describing/showing its condition as I would have liked. It has plenty of pitting needs to be professionally reconditioned and re-chromed. That's big bucks, so I decided to clean it up and repaint it as best I can for the time being. I don't want it to keep me getting the car back on the road, so it will be temporarily less than perfect. I wish new console tops water available for the auto trans cars... The good news is that I will be able to use it in conjunction with my new Hurst Pro-Matic 2 shifter and conceal it rather nicely using the stock shifter plate.






Also have been revisiting the emblems, some of which can be reused. They aren't totally perfect, but pretty darn good, especially when not looking at them through a magnifying glass. All told, not too difficult to strip the old paint off and repaint.



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The emblem work is pretty damn good!

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Those turned out extremely well! Now I have some motivation for my '65!

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Old 06-01-2021, 07:19 PM
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Thank you! No doubt, it's tedious work. Painting the emblems is pretty easy, though. Redoing the console lid took some time, 95% of which was carefully taping everything off. I just put on some music and got into a groove.

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Excellent work on the console. I bought one from the classifieds here. I had high hopes for it but it turned out to be, l think, an absolutely useless piece of crap. Seems way more pitted than what you started with there.. l mean as in cheese grater rough...but after seeing yours I may have to take another look at it.

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Excellent work on the console. I bought one from the classifieds here. I had high hopes for it but it turned out to be, l think, an absolutely useless piece of crap. Seems way more pitted than what you started with there.. l mean as in cheese grater rough...but after seeing yours I may have to take another look at it.

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Thanks, Greg. Yeah, I was kinda disappointed when my console top arrived in the mail, too. What I learned in the process of cleaning mine up is that many of the pits in-between the ribs can be sanded down and somewhat concealed under paint. That helps the overall appearance a good amount. There isn't anything that can be done about pits on the unpainted chrome parts of course, but smoothing out the parts that get painted goes a long way. Might be worth a try with your console.

I figure I'll just use this console top for a little while, get some miles on the car and shake out any bugs, etc., then go back on the hunt for a console top in better shape, or have mine professionally restored.

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Painting that console...reminds me of painting Mickey Thompson valve covers. No tape needed.....just spray the whole thing...let it set a. Week...then take some 320 grit paper on a sanding block and sand the high spot on the ribs...comes out beautiful !

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Painting that console...reminds me of painting Mickey Thompson valve covers. No tape needed.....just spray the whole thing...let it set a. Week...then take some 320 grit paper on a sanding block and sand the high spot on the ribs...comes out beautiful !
That approach works for the M/T valve covers, but I think you'd end up sanding right through the chrome of the console top.

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Would 0000 steel wool work?

How did you get the emblem's paint lines so sharp?

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I tried some 0000 steel wool on the console. It removed some very minor imperfections, but it was nowhere near enough to do anything with the pits. The issue with the pits is that the chrome coating has actually bubbled up and it then flakes off. So you're just left with a bare metal (i.e., un-chromed) surface underneath.

For the emblem, I applied the paint with a very tiny paint brush and also a syringe. You can get them from just about any art supply or hobby store. For the "6.5 LITRE" text, I just filled the letters in with the syringe and then wiped away any excess paint (once dry) with shop towel that was very slightly dampened with lacquer thinner.

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The tail light housings on the 64 are similar. When I was getting rid of the chrome blisters/bubbles I used this nice little round burr. The burr is made for a dremel tool - but I was just doing it by hand. This made it easy to get through the bubble and the black bad metal to shiny good stuff.

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Wild Cat, what did you do about any blisters that may have been present on the raised fins? If you took them off you'd have to re-chrome, right?
It appears that all of your bad spots were fortunately down in the grooves?

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FWIW the 66 and 67 front fenders interchange but the lip on the inside of the headlights is slightly different

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It appears that all of your bad spots were fortunately down in the grooves?
Hi Grey -- I left the few on the fin tops alone - they would need rechromed otherwise. I can't speak to the console tops - but these tail light housing seem to have the problem mostly in the low areas. At the start once the chrome breaks loose, you get a black powder and the area feels soft under the burr. When I was done I had small half-round divots down to solid metal.

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I sanded in the grooves with a 4 1/2 grinder cutting disc by hand, painted the whole thing black and razor bladed off the chrome ribs when the paint was just a little less than tacky. I feel that it came out pretty well considering.

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